First Generation CR-V (1997 – 2001)

In this video Greg reviews the first generation Honda CR-V which ran between the years 1997-2001. The CR-V is on the Your Car Angel Halo List which are the best used cars that can be bought. This car review highlights the key features as well as the pros and cons. Greg also talks about the best years for this generation of CRV’s.

The First Generation CR-V design spanned from 1997 to 2001. The engine for the original CR-V was the 2.0 L B20B producing 126 hp and 133 lb of torque. Outer dimensions for this engine would be identical to the 1.8L Integra engine, but internally  the engine was bored out to add the extra displacement needed to produce torque  for the mini-ute. The engine utilized a one-piece cylinder sleeve construction  unique from any other B-series engine. Body was a  unibody design with a 4-wheel double wishbone suspension. Inside, the rear seats  were able to fold down, and a picnic table was stowed in the rear floor area. A common external trait that was visible with this generation was plastic cladding  covering the front bumper, rear bumper, and fender wells. In most countries,  CR-Vs had a chrome grille, but the US model lacked this. A major difference  between the LX and EX trims was that the EX had anti-lock brakes and the LX trim did  not. Other features of the EX was the addition of the sunroof. The CR-V came with a venerable AWD system as an option.

 Technical Specs

Years 1999-2001

  • Engine

    Standard Engine 2.0L I4
    Standard Transmission 5 Speed Manual/ 4 speed Auto
    Cylinders 4
    Horsepower @RPM 146@6200
    Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 22/25
    EPA Class 2wd/4wd SUV
    Number of Valves 16
    Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Multi-Port Fuel Injected
    Turbo (Yes/No) No
    Overdrive Transmission Yes
    Compression 9.6:1
    Displacement 1973/120
    Bore X Stroke 3.31×3.50
    Final Drive Ratio No
    Valves Configuration Dual Overhead Cam/Twin Overhead Cam
    Timing Belt Yes
  • Capacity and Volume

    Fuel Capacity 15.3
    Passenger Volume (EPA) N/A
    Passenger Volume (MFR) 98.0 cu. ft.
    Box/Cargo Height 36.8
    Box/Cargo Length 25.0
    Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) 32.3
    Box/Cargo Width (Wall) 52.8
  • Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires

    Brakes (Front) Disc
    Brakes (Rear) Drum
    Driveline Four Wheel Drive . Full Time
    Steering Rack & Pinion
    Steering Diameter Left 34.8
    Steering Diameter Right 34.8
    Suspension (Front) Independent
    Suspension (Rear) Independent
    Tire Type Passenger
    Tire Width 205 mm.
    Tire Aspect Ratio 70
    Tire Construction Radial
    Tire wheel Diameter 15 in.